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How to use the new Overwatch League Replay Viewer

Published: 11/Jun/2019 21:15 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 21:43

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League announced on June 11 that the replay feature would be available to fans and allow them to watch matches from any perspective.

The Replay Feature was originally introduced for fans during the 2018 World Cup, but was made unavailable after the event ended, but Blizzard promised it would be back eventually.

Now with a general Replay Feature for players being prepared on the PTR, Blizzard has brought the same kind of system to Overwatch League fans as well.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe OWL Replay Viewer is installed through the Overwatch client on PC (sorry console players).

A whole new way to watch Overwatch League

The Overwatch League Replay Viewer is only available to PC users and it has to be installed just like the PTR. The steps to install the viewer are as follows:

  1. Open the Battle.net app.
  2. Click Overwatch.
  3. In the Region/Account drop-down, select Professional Viewer.
  4. Click Install.
  5. Once installed, click Play.

Players have to own a copy of Overwatch in order to use the Replay Viewer.

Once it’s installed, players can watch a replay of any game from the current stage from any perspective they choose using the feature’s observer tools. The Replay Viewer can’t be used to watch live matches.

Blizzard also provided a useful guide to keyboard shortcuts to better allow users to control how they watch each match:

  • N: Show/Hide controls
  • W, A, S, and D: Move the camera around
  • Q and E: Move camera up/Down
  • Scroll Wheel Up: Increase playback speed
  • Scroll Wheel Down: Decrease playback speed
  • CTRL + P: Play/Pause
  • Spacebar: Toggle between first-person and third-person view
  • Left/Right Click: Detach from first-person and third-person view to free camera
  • F1-F12: Spectate players (corresponds with player list in media controls)
  • 0: Snap to the objective
  • CTRL + I: Show map overlay
  • CTRL + 1 through CNTRL + 9: Save bookmarks
  • 1-9: Restore camera bookmarks

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Replay feature will allow fans to view OWL matches from any angle.

Does this mean Replays are going live soon?

At the time of writing the Replay system has been on the PTR for about two and a half weeks, so it could be making it to the main game and finally be available for console players soon.

Blizzard will probably keep the feature on the PTR until they feel it’s ready, but the professional viewer becoming available would be a great time to take the feature live, in-game as well.

The addition of Replay Viewers is a big step forward for Overwatch (now you can watch all the GOATs you want) and 2019 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for the game after all.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.